Saturday, July 21, 2012

SOLVED: How to Install Netgear WG311 under Ubuntu 12.04

Put Netgear WG311 in box. turn on box. follow directions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Device/Netgear_WG311_v3 BUT: No matter how many times I rebooted, the sudo modprobe ndiswrapper kept giving me the message FATAL. Solved via:
kevin@odin:~$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
[sudo] password for kevin: 
FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.


kevin@odin:~$ sudo apt-cache search dkms
... (omitting extra stuff)....
dkms - Dynamic Kernel Module Support Framework
ndiswrapper-dkms - Source for the ndiswrapper Linux kernel module (DKMS)
... (omitting extra stuff)....

kevin@odin:~$ sudo apt-get install dkms
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  fakeroot patch
Suggested packages:
  diffutils-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  dkms fakeroot patch
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 9 not upgraded.
Need to get 247 kB of archives.
After this operation, 890 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
Get:1 http://mirror.anl.gov/pub/ubuntu/ precise/main patch i386 2.6.1-3 [86.0 kB]
Get:2 http://mirror.anl.gov/pub/ubuntu/ precise/main dkms all 2.2.0.3-1ubuntu3 [73.1 kB]
Get:3 http://mirror.anl.gov/pub/ubuntu/ precise/main fakeroot i386 1.18.2-1 [87.9 kB]
Fetched 247 kB in 0s (436 kB/s)
Selecting previously unselected package patch.
(Reading database ... 143936 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking patch (from .../patch_2.6.1-3_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package dkms.
Unpacking dkms (from .../dkms_2.2.0.3-1ubuntu3_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package fakeroot.
Unpacking fakeroot (from .../fakeroot_1.18.2-1_i386.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Setting up patch (2.6.1-3) ...
Setting up dkms (2.2.0.3-1ubuntu3) ...
Setting up fakeroot (1.18.2-1) ...
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/fakeroot-sysv to provide /usr/bin/fakeroot (fakeroot) in auto mode.

kevin@odin:~$ sudo apt-get install dkms ndiswrapper-dkms
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
dkms is already the newest version.
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  ndiswrapper-dkms
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 9 not upgraded.
Need to get 176 kB of archives.
After this operation, 778 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
Get:1 http://mirror.anl.gov/pub/ubuntu/ precise/universe ndiswrapper-dkms all 1.57-1ubuntu1 [176 kB]
Fetched 176 kB in 0s (285 kB/s)      
Selecting previously unselected package ndiswrapper-dkms.
(Reading database ... 144030 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking ndiswrapper-dkms (from .../ndiswrapper-dkms_1.57-1ubuntu1_all.deb) ...
Setting up ndiswrapper-dkms (1.57-1ubuntu1) ...
Loading new ndiswrapper-1.57 DKMS files...
First Installation: checking all kernels...
Building only for 3.2.0-23-generic-pae
Building initial module for 3.2.0-23-generic-pae
Done.

ndiswrapper:
Running module version sanity check.
 - Original module
   - No original module exists within this kernel
 - Installation
   - Installing to /lib/modules/3.2.0-23-generic-pae/updates/dkms/

depmod.......

DKMS: install completed.
kevin@odin:~$ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

kevin@odin:~$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
kevin@odin:~$ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:off/any  
          Mode:Managed  Channel:0  Access Point: Not-Associated   
          Bit Rate:1 Mb/s   Sensitivity=-200 dBm  
          RTS thr=2346 B   Fragment thr=2346 B   
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

eth0      no wireless extensions.

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